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    Jacksonville community meets to discuss forming own school district

    10:27 PM, Nov 13, 2012   |    comments
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    About the district:

    How big will it be? Between 4,000-4,500 students.

    Can the district afford it? Studies show the current tax base can support the proposed district.

    When will it take effect? The most realistic goal is for the 2014-2015 school year.

    How will the district be run? A school board will be elected from zones within the new boundaries that will have representation from just the community.

    Will taxes go up? No.  Every feasibility study performed has shown that the district can afford it at the current millage rate. Any future millage increase would be voted on by the people within the boundaries of the school district.

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  • JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Community members met in Jacksonville Tuesday night to discuss their plans moving forward to form their own school district.

    Education Corps says the proposed Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District would help stem the steady decline in enrollment and address school needs much quicker.

    Daniel Gray, Education Corps spokesperson, said splitting from Pulaski County would be beneficial for both of districts.

    "They would be more financially stable. We would be able to address our facility needs out here. There's great needs to improve the facilities to stop declining enrollment," explained Gray.

    Gray said addressing their facilities is a top priority, and a feasibility study is ongoing. He hopes to have it updated in December to submit to the state.

    An election could follow the study within a year.

    More information can be found at www.OurOwnDistrict.com

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